The Shadow Scholar

The Shadow Scholar

How I Made A Living Helping College Kids Cheat

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A sobering, full-length account based on the author's article in The Chronicle of Higher Education explains how his former employers sell legal, high-priced "study guides" that students can readily access and adapt for college assignments, discussing how the practice reveals unsettling realities about the bureaucracy of higher learning.

McMillan Palgrave

The truth about what's wrong with our colleges, from a man who spent ten years exploiting the system.


Last fall, a writer using the pseudonym Ed Dante wrote an explosive article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, confessing to writing term papers for a living. Technically, they are "study guides," and the companies that sell them-there are quite a few-are completely legal and easily found with Google. For about $10-20 a page, Dante's former employers will give you a custom essay, written to your specifications. During Dante's career, he wrote made-to-order papers for everything from introductory college courses to Ph.D. dissertations. There was never a shortage of demand.

The Shadow Scholar is Dante's account of this dubious but all-too-relevant career. In stories embarrassing, absurd, hilarious, and ultimately sobering, he explores not merely his own misdeeds but the bureaucratic and cash-hungry colleges, lazy students, and even misguided parents who helped make it all possible.

With unemployment pushing 10 percent and many college grads living with their parents, the need for this book has never been more urgent. As this bitingly funny memoir reveals, colleges and graduate schools are victims not merely of tough economic times but of a profound sense of entitlement and apathy. Here is a searing, often maddening indictment of the big business of college.



Book News
In this darkly hilarious memoir of a nefarious but perfectly legal underground industry, freelance writer Tomar recounts his years as a paid writer of term papers and even Master's and doctoral theses for an academic writing service. The distressing statistics he reveals on unqualified students, the illegal tactics of for-profit universities, unemployed college graduates, and massive student debt go down a bit easier with Tomar's off-kilter brand of cynical humor. Rutgers University, Tomar's alma mater, gets a sound thrashing throughout the book. Readers may have first met Tomar as "Ed Dante," the pseudonymous author of "The Shadow Scholar," his 2010 article published in the Chronicle of Higher Education. The book will serve as an affirmation for students and general readers holding worthless degrees, and as a wake-up call for educators. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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A full-length account based on the author's article in "The Chronicle of Higher Education" explains how his former employers sell legal, high-priced "study guides" that students can readily access and adapt for college assignments, discussing how the practice reveals unsettling realities about the bureaucracy of higher learning.
"Last fall, a writer using the pseudonym Ed Dante wrote an explosive article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, confessing to writing term papers for a living. Technically, they are "study guides," and the companies that sell them -- there are quite afew -- are completely legal and easily found with Google. For about $10-20 a page, Dante's former employers will give you a custom essay, written to your specifications. During Dante's career, he wrote made-to-order papers for everything from introductory college courses to Ph.D. dissertations. There was never a shortage of demand. The Shadow Scholar is Dante's account of this dubious but all-too-relevant career. In stories embarrassing, absurd, hilarious, and ultimately sobering, he explores not merely his own misdeeds but the bureaucratic and cash-hungry colleges, lazy students, and even misguided parents who helped make it all possible. With unemployment pushing 10 percent and many college grads living with their parents, the need for this book has never been more urgent. As this bitingly funny memoir reveals, colleges and graduate schools are victims not merely of tough economic times but of a profound sense of entitlement and apathy. Here is a searing, often maddening indictment of the big business of college."--

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2012
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781608197231
1608197239
Branch Call Number: 378.1958 T59s
Characteristics: xiii, 251 p. ; 25 cm

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Jan 20, 2013

One of the most fascinating (and funny, even) books I've read in a long time. I read it in two days, and found it gripping. Highly recommended if you are interested in higher education.

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